Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 1984-85

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Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 1984-85

Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 1984-85 News

The Sri Lankan team on their way back home from Australia visited Dhaka in March 1985. it was a very short tour, there was just one 3 Day fixture, played under sheering March heat. Nevertheless, for the local side specially, this match produced some important achievements.

Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 1984-85 Overview

Batting first, Bangladesh scored 139 in the first innings. The newly appointed skiper Gazi Ashraf Lipu and Munir both scored 39. (Tariquzzaman Munir was at that time at the top of his form. Just days earlier he had scored the highest individual score in domestic cricket, 308 for Dhaka University in the Semi Final of the National Cricket Championship against Dhaka District. There he had shared a partnership of 447 with Athar Ali Khan). . Unfortunately for Bangladesh the tail collapsed against the left arm spin of the veteran Somachandra de Silva who took 4/28. In reply, the Lankan innings strated disastraously as Amal Silva and Sidath Wettimuny both fell cheaply to medium pacer Jahangir Shah. The middle order however, repaired the damage and Sri Lanka eventually declared at 429/9. Ranjan Madugalle narrowly missed his hundred (95), Jahangir Shah finished with 4/89. Bangladesh batted with great deremination in their 2nd innings and saved the match by scoring 152/6. Skipper Gazi Ashraf again led from the front, scoring a gritty 45, and the veteran Raquibul Hasan proved his worth to the side with 32.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.